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Prompt Water Damage Repairs Are Essential For Protecting Your Home

Prompt Water Damage Repairs Are Essentia...

Dealing with water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Water is essential to the living; however when it winds up in places where it doesn’t belong it can cause a tremendous amount of damage. While much of this damage occurs immediately as a direct result of water coming in contact with your home’s walls, ceilings or floors, other types of damage are more insidious. For instance, when water damage is not properly cleaned up, it can lead to problems with mold and rot further down the road.

The best way to minimize the amount of damage caused by water is by cleaning it up as quickly as possible. The longer that the surfaces inside your home remain wet, the greater the likelihood of long-term damage.

The first step in cleaning up water damage is assessing the situation. Begin by identifying the source of the water. If it is coming from a broken pipe or leaky faucet, immediately turn off the water supply to the area to minimize the amount of water that enters your home.

If you are dealing with a backed up drain or toilet, you need to determine whether the water is clean and safe, or whether it may be contaminated. Any water that may potentially contain raw sewage or other contaminants should be dealt with by a professional as quickly as possible.

This is especially true for flood water that enters your home from outside. This type of water can contain everything from raw sewage to potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. Never try to clean up this type of water on your own. Instead, leave it to the professionals who have the proper safety gear to do the job without risk of contamination.

water_damage_DryingOther situations may be slightly less urgent, but still need to be dealt with as quickly as possible. For instance, if you discover condensation in your attic, you should hire someone as soon as you can to help you improve ventilation to the area to minimize the amount of water that accumulates. This can help limit the risk of mold or rot.

Once you identify the source of the water and get the leaking stopped (if possible) you can then contact a water damage repair specialist to come out to your property and make sure that the area is properly dried out. All traces of moisture must be removed to prevent problems with mold further down the road. That is why your best bet is to leave the cleanup to the pros. If you try to do it on your own, chances are you won’t be able to dry the area out enough to avoid future problems.

Even if you aren’t currently dealing with water damage, you can still be taking steps to proactively protect your home. For instance, scheduling an annual inspection of your home’s plumbing can help catch leaks or other issues while they are still relatively minor and inexpensive to repair.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be sure to keep sandbags or other protective products on hand so you can respond quickly in case of unexpected flooding. After all, it is far better to avoid water damage when possible rather than to be faced with a messy and expensive cleanup operation.

The main thing to remember about residential water damage is that fast action is essential. If possible, you first need to stop any additional water from entering your home. Next, you need to contact a water damage specialist as quickly as possible to begin the cleanup process. This will help minimize the amount of immediate and long-term damage to your home.

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Repairing Water Damage In The Foundation And The Basement

Repairing Water Damage In The Foundation...

If you suffer water damage in your home, it may be possible to do some of the repairs yourself.  One thing for sure, any water damage must be repaired quickly; otherwise it can create more damage and eventually require a professional to make the repair.

Basement And Foundation

The foundation and the basement are two of the most likely areas in the home to sustain water damage.  If you have a flood or a burst pipe, chances are the basement will flood as well.  Water damage can also occur when water stands to close the foundation walls or seeps into the basement or crawlspace through cracks in the foundation.

Foundation Issues

If see moisture on your interior foundation walls or see if running into the basement, it is time to check the foundation.  Look carefully for small cracks or holes, especially along the bottom of the foundation wall along the ground.  When you see a crack or split, patch it with waterproof repair material so the leak is fixed.  Then, look at the ground along the foundation.  Is it mounted up against the wall?  If so, level it out and slope it slightly away from the foundation walls.  This encourages water to drain away from the foundation instead of toward it.  Also, check your gutters to ensure they are draining properly.  Clogged gutters can send water straight down the walls of your home, puddling against the foundation.  Ensure all gutters are clear of debris and not clogged in any way.  It is also a good idea to ensure all drain spouts are pointing away from the house and that the run-off drains away, not toward the foundation.

Flooded Basements

If you basement floods, the first thing you will need to do is get it empty and dry. If you have a sump pump, check it to ensure it si working.  Once it is working correctly, turn it on and allow it to work on draining off excess water.  If your power is out, try getting a battery-operated sump pump as a backup to your regular one.  While the water is draining, open all the windows and doors to allow for cross ventilation. Once the water is completely drained, place floor model industrial fans in a few places to help dry out the basement.  As long as you get to the water quickly,  you should not have any issues with mold or mildew.